How will the rise of smart cities revolutionise lighting?

How will the rise of smart cities revolutionise lighting?

Barely a day goes by without another town or city announcing that it has become a ‘smart city’. Kansas City in the United States became the latest area to join the expanding group just this week. Later in the month Lux will examine the Smart City phenomenon in greater detail at the upcoming Lighting Fixture Design conference in London.

Smart street lights tell councils when to grit frozen roads

Smart street lights tell councils when to grit frozen roads

Street lights that tell local authorities when to grit frozen roads have been unveiled in Hampshire. The new lamps are fitted with a smart control central management system, which is able monitor weather and road surface temperatures.  

Will tunable street light breakthrough silence LED critics?

Will tunable street light breakthrough silence LED critics?

What is thought to be the first successful deployment of white tunable connected street lighting is currently being tested in a suburb of St. Paul in the US state of Minnesota.

The system is, reportedly, able to regulate the amount of potentially unhealthy blue light that is emitted from street lighting.

Can the aura of gaslight survive in the LED age?

Can the aura of gaslight survive in the LED age?

Can a halfway house be found between the sentimental theatricality of Victorian street furniture and the demands of modern lighting performance? Lux's application's editor, John Bullock, investigates.

Cloud-based street lighting design takes off

Cloud-based street lighting design takes off

A British company is hoping to revolutionise street lighting design using the power of Cloud computing. The new system allows users to automate the analysis of luminaires, enabling manufacturers and lighting departments to calculate how a product would perform in a number of different road configurations and luminaire arrangements. 

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

Niagara Falls unveils spectacular LED lighting upgrade

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has unveiled a new LED-based dynamic lighting system that makes the famed falls even more spectacular at night. The twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York collaborated on the $4 million solid-state lighting (SSL) project that was undertaken by a consortium of lighting specialist and contracting firms including Ecco Electric, Salex and Mulvey & Banani Lighting Sceneworks, and Stanley Electric.

Meet the streetlights powered by footsteps

Streetlights powered by footsteps are unveiled in Las Vegas. PLUS: World’s first live li-fi test takes place at LuxLive. AND: Lux Award winners revealed at a ceremony in London. Lux Today December 6th 2016. 

New York's bridges to get multi-million dollar LED facelift

New York's bridges to get multi-million dollar LED facelift

New York City's iconic Hudson River bridges are set to undergo an LED make-over, in a move that mirrors London's 'Illuminated River' project to revolutionise its own river-scape.

Nine New York bridges will receive an LED overhaul during the first phase of the $500 million project, ranging from the Henry Hudson Bridge in the Bronx to the Crossbay Veterans Memorial Bridge in the Rockaways.

Meet the streetlights that are powered by footsteps

Meet the streetlights that are powered by footsteps

A new street lighting system that harnesses energy from pedestrians’ footsteps has been installed in Las Vegas in the United States.

The foot-powered fixtures were developed by EngoPlanet, a New York based start-up. The street lights are part-powered by kinetic energy generated by footsteps, which is absorbed by tiles installed in the pavement. Solar panels are also used to boost energy levels when necessary.

Could LED insect discovery help to beat Zika and malaria?

Could LED insect discovery help to beat Zika and malaria?

A study completed by academics at Bristol University has found that LEDs attract significantly less insects than other light sources. The discovery could be beneficial to nations in South America and Africa, which are fighting mosquito-borne diseases.

The researchers considered a number of different light sources ranging from a tungsten filament lamp to fluorescent light sources and white LEDs and concluded that the heat emitted by light sources has more of an effect on insect attraction than the colour of the light.